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Issue 42 - Doyouwannabeinourgang...

Whisky Magazine Issue 42
September 2004

 

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Doyouwannabeinourgang...

Howmanyofushavethoughtaboutgivingitallupandstartingafreshasaworkerintheworldofwhisky?RichardJonesspeakstosomepeoplewhohavedonejustthat

Goon,admitit,thethoughthascrossedyourmind.Thereyouwereafteradistillerytour,onedramsafelyinsideyouandanotherinyourhand,quietlysoakinguptheatmosphere,thehistory,thegeneralwonderfulnessoftheplace.

Orperhapsyouwereenjoyingaformaltasting,evenaMasterclassatthisyear'sWhiskyLive,listeningtothelikesofIainHendersonorRichardPatersonregaleyouwithtalesfromtheirenviableworkinglives–thecolourfulcharacters,overseastraveland,ofcourse,thegreatwhiskies.Oryoumightsimplyhavebeenrelaxinginthehavenofyourownhome,pouringyourselfaSpringbank21yearoldafteraharddayattheoffice,whenitcametoyou.

Whynotturnmypassionforwhiskyintosomethingmore?DoingsomethingIreallyloveforaliving,leavingthedailygrindbehindanduppingstickstoaremotedistilleryinanidylliclocation?Inshort,whydon'tIgoandworkinthewhiskyindustry?

ForJimCook,nowtheUnitedKingdomsalesdirectoratGlenmorangie,evenacareerinprofessionalfootballcouldnotcomparetowhisky.

“It'sprobablyeveryyoungschoolboy'sdreamtobeafootballerandplayforhisfavouriteteam,”heremarks.“ButonceIfulfilledthisambition,Ineededtodosomethingdifferent,Ineededtomoveon.”

JimplayedforthetwoEdinburghfootballclubs,HeartsandHibernian,beforefinishinghisplayingdaysatKilmarnock.

“MyteamstravelledquiteextensivelyinEuropeandsoIcameacrossalotofdutyfreeshops.

“That'swhenIbegantodevelopapassionforwhisky,particularlymaltwhisky.

“WhenIcametotheendofmycareertherewasneveranyquestionofstayinginfootball.Iwantedanewchallenge.”

First,Jimheadedbacktocollege,beforetakingupasalespositionatthe...

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